Top Five Summer Home Maintenance Tips

 The warmer weather has us all heading outside to soak up the sun, but it’s
also a good reminder to take care of some basic things around your house. Here
are the top five home maintenance tips for the warmer months, from Pillar To


Inspect air-conditioners: If you have central air, you’ll want to clean the
exterior condenser unit and all of its components, removing debris and trimming
back any plants that are growing near it. You should also rinse down the
interior of the unit, straighten out bent fins and lubricate the motor. You’ll
also want to clean or change the air filters, inspect the drain line for debris
and make sure all hoses fit securely. You can do this all yourself with guidance
from the unit’s owners’ manual or call in a professional. If you have window
units, the job is a little bit easier. You simply have to install the units and
clean the filters. This is also a good time to deep clean all the fans and
ceiling fans in your home.


Mulch: adding a layer of mulch to gardens and other
non-grassy areas helps prevent weeds. It also helps the soil to hold moisture
and nutrients during the warmer months, giving your plants a better chance of


Inspect for leaks: Checking exterior hoses and faucets for
leaks can lead to big savings. Even a small leak can cost big bucks. Many small
leaks can be fixed with a piece of electrical tape. You’ll want to call in an
expert for larger leaks.


Clean siding: Avoid streaks by applying the cleaner starting
at the bottom and working your way up and rinsing from the top down. Cleaning
your home’s siding yearly can help prevent mold, mildew and staining. It also
keeps it looking brand new, adding value to your home.


Inspect your crawlspace: check for signs of termites and
moisture. Even floors that appear dry can be damp. Dampness can cause damage to
the entire house. If you have a dirt floor, installing a vapor barrier is
recommended. If you have concrete, sealing it is ideal. This annual check is
also a great time to check sewer lines, particularly beneath toilets and sinks,
for evidence of leaks.